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Joining or renewing with CNA

Membership is available for registered nurses, nurse practitioners and registered practical nurses in Ontario. If you would like to join or renew with CNA, you can do so at any time through our independent category.

Join CNA: create a MyCNA.ca profile and purchase an annual membership

Renew your membership: log into your MyCNA.ca profile and purchase for another year

Please note: membership must be purchased directly with CNA. You cannot join or renew with CNA via the College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO), the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario (RNAO) or the Registered Practical Nurses Association of Ontario. The process is explained under the Ontario section on our membership web page.

For the full list of CNA benefits visit cna-aiic.ca/benefits.

Ontario and Quebec back at CNA board table

On June 21, 2017, voting delegates at CNA’s annual meeting of members corrected two pivotal events in the organization’s history by electing board members to represent nurses from Ontario and Quebec. Read the full media release.

Independent members receive voting rights

With over 1,000 independent members in Ontario and Quebec, independent members, as a group, had five votes at CNA’s 2020 annual meeting of members.

Professional liability protection for RNs & NPs

RNs and NPs can apply to become a Canadian Nurses Protective Society (CNPS) beneficiary when joining or renewing with CNA — all in one transaction. Do you want to know more about CNPS professional liability protection? Visit the CNPS website for details.

Stay current with CNA

CNA continues to work for the nursing profession in Ontario and across Canada. If you would like to receive timely email updates on our progress, subscribe to CNA Now.


Canadian Nurses Association announces CNAOntario inaugural president

In November 2016, Ontario nurses moved one step closer to optimizing their involvement with the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) through the selection of Mary McAllister, RN, PhD, as the inaugural president of CNAOntario. The group aims to provide a vehicle for CNA members in Ontario to connect with each other, with RNs and NPs across Canada and with the International Council of Nurses. Read more.

CNAOntario selects vice-presidents

CNAOntario is moving forward under the leadership of president Mary McAllister. In March 2017, the group named two RNs to vice-presidential roles: Tom Hart, RN, BScN, M.Sc., and Liliana Canadic, RN, BScN. Hart is a manager and professional practice leader at Kingston General Hospital and Canadic is vice-president of patient services and chief nurse executive at the Georgian Bay General Hospital.

CNAOntario objectives

CNA’s Ontario nurses have spoken loud and clear: they want a made-in-Ontario group to fully engage with CNA, its provincial and territorial nursing organizations, and the International Council of Nurses (ICN). CNAOntario is a connected group of Ontario RNs and NPs from diverse sectors, settings, roles and locations.

Its objectives include:

  • Providing a vehicle that connects CNA members in Ontario to each other, to RNs and NPs across Canada, and to ICN
  • Supporting a strong and positive nursing voice for health care in Ontario through a national lens
  • Offering a mechanism that lets Ontario nurses fully contribute to CNA initiatives and outcomes

If you are interested, please contact members@cna-aiic.ca and we’ll connect you with a representative from CNAOntario.

Does joining CNA in Ontario mean membership in CNAOntario automatically?
No, nurses join or renew with CNA. CNAOntario is a group that is currently being formed by nurses in Ontario.